Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) is now the method of choice in treatment of symptomatic gallstone disease.
Despite its rapidly growing popularity, comparative costs of this new method and open cholecystectomy (OC) remain unclear.
The most outstanding feature of laparoscopic cholecystectomy is the period of short recovery.
In Sweden the social insurance office documents sick leave period, sickness allowance, as well as diagnosis and therefore provides a reliable basis for an economic analysis.
The purpose of this study was to estimate the hospital cost and costs due to sick leave in a series of patients operated on with elective cholecystectomy using the two methods.
In each group 50 consecutive patients were studied retrospectively.
The total hospital cost was 10% lower in the laparoscopy group-$1,864 as compared to $2,030 per patient in the OC group.
Median number of days off work was 14 after LC and 35 days after open surgery, which corresponds to a median sickness allowance of $516 per patient (LC) compared to $1,424 (OC).
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is more cost-effective than open cholecystectomy mainly due to a reduced sick leave period.
Mots-clés Pascal : Chirurgie, Cholécystectomie, Laparoscopie, Foyer ouvert, Analyse coût, Etude comparative, Homme, Voie biliaire pathologie, Appareil digestif pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Surgery, Cholecystectomy, Laparoscopy, Open fireplace, Cost analysis, Comparative study, Human, Biliary tract disease, Digestive diseases
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0397596
Code Inist : 002B30A04B. Création : 01/03/1996.